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Clear Lake in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Clear Lake in the Civil War

 
 
Clear Lake in the Civil War Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 1, 2015
1. Clear Lake in the Civil War Marker
Inscription.

The 32nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry
Mustered in on October 6, 1862, the 32nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry would see service in the western theater of the Civil War. Organized in Dubuque, Iowa, the infantry unit originally consisted of 930 men who were to serve for three years or the duration of the war. Colonel John Scott, a veteran of the Mexican War and an Iowa state senator, was given command of the regiment.

The first year and a half was not very eventful. The regiment was immediately divided up with six of the companies serving separately from the other four. Between the two parts of the regiment they were stationed with garrison and guard duties at Cape Girardeau, MO, New Madrid, MO, Fort Pillow, TN, Columbus, KY and other points along the Mississippi River. While attached with other units both groups were also involved in minor skirmishes with light losses. All ten companies were finally united just in time for the Red River Campaign in March of 1864. There the 32nd Iowa Infantry Regiment was assigned to the Second Brigade, commanded by Colonel W. T. Shaw, of A. J. Smith's Division, Sixteenth Army Corps. The 32nd Iowa distinguished itself in the Red River Campaign of 1864, particularly in the Battle of Pleasant Hill. It was later involved in major engagements in the Battle of Nashville in December and the Mobile, AL

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By William Fischer, Jr., October 1, 2015
2. Clear Lake in the Civil War Marker
Muster Roll of Company B, 32nd Iowa Infantry
campaign in 1865.

Men from all over north Iowa, many from Cerro Gordo County, served in the 32nd. Those serving from the actual community of Clear Lake included Samuel Elwood, Thomas S. Gardner, Thomas O. Howard, Amos Ingalls, Edwin Nichols, Oliver J. Winters, and Peter R. Wood. They served together in Company B.

Some from Clear Lake never returned, giving their lives on the field of battle. Those included Thomas O. Howard, Amos Ingalls, and Peter R. Wood.

After serving three years in the Civil War, the soldiers of the 32nd Iowa were mustered out on August 24, 1865. Of the 1292 men who eventually served in the 32nd Iowa, 335 were killed, wounded or captured. Another 206 died of disease.

Muster Roll of Company B of the 32nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry

[Muster roll not transcribed; see photos]
 
Location. 43° 8.135′ N, 93° 23.039′ W. Marker is in Clear Lake, Iowa, in Cerro Gordo County. Marker is on Lake View Drive north of Main Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is west adjacent to the Lake View Community Room and Amphitheater in City Park. Marker is in this post office area: Clear Lake IA 50428, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Clear Lake in the Civil War (here, next

Clear Lake in the Civil War Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 1, 2015
3. Clear Lake in the Civil War Marker
Company B, 32nd Iowa Infantry Muster Roll
to this marker); Iowa and the Battle of Pleasant Hill (here, next to this marker); Civil War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Buddy Holly Ritchie Valens J. P. Richardson (approx. 0.4 miles away); Surf Ballroom (approx. 0.4 miles away); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. 9.2 miles away); Cronin-Dexter Camp No. 28 United Spanish War Veterans (approx. 9.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clear Lake.
 
Also see . . .
1. 32nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment. (Submitted on October 10, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Battle of Pleasant Hill Summary. (Submitted on October 10, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. 32nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment Soldiers at Find A Grave. (Submitted on October 10, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Civil
 
Civil War Memorial and Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
4. Civil War Memorial and Markers
Photo on Clear Lake in the Civil War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, June 1900
5. Photo on Clear Lake in the Civil War Marker
Photo courtesy of Mike Nichols
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 178 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 10, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on October 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   5. submitted on October 10, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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